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« Reply #180 on: November 29, 2013, 10:34:14 pm »
"That boy is sharp as a bowling ball"
"This job is going to be as easy as sticking a wet noddle up a wild cats backside"
"Strait as a dogs hind leg"
"That boy is useful as a screen door on a submarine"

lol I remember a lot of those being directed at us recruits in the Military!  lol   

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« Reply #181 on: November 29, 2013, 11:24:49 pm »
I've heard this in reference to education these days.

You all know what B.S. is- "Bull(poop)"
I've been told that an M.S. is "More of the Same."
And  P.H.D is just "Piled Higher and Deeper."

I'm thinkin I heard that "old" saying back in high school... the "old" old days.  ;D

And BS is Bovine Scat...  ;)
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« Reply #182 on: November 30, 2013, 09:33:08 pm »
"screen door on a submarine".

I wonder how many time I have heard that one.

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« Reply #183 on: November 30, 2013, 09:39:31 pm »
"screen door on a submarine".

I wonder how many time I have heard that one.

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« Reply #184 on: December 01, 2013, 03:44:18 pm »
"The Pessimist complains about the wind;
   The Optimist expects it to change;
       The Realist adjusts the sails."
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« Reply #185 on: December 01, 2013, 04:20:25 pm »
Whatever you put in the well is gonna come up in the bucket.
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« Reply #186 on: December 01, 2013, 09:15:09 pm »
Man makes plans and God smiles. My Grandmother used to say that all the time.
Man makes plans and God smiles

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« Reply #187 on: December 07, 2013, 06:35:48 pm »
Can't help but laugh, but GIANT SPLINTER was talking in another thread about how a guy was slow.
He said this old saying……"If they hang me, I hope they send him for the rope".  :D :D :D :D
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« Reply #188 on: December 07, 2013, 07:57:46 pm »
There's one born every minute...

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« Reply #189 on: December 08, 2013, 06:55:05 am »
Where did "pith poor" come from?
If you're young and hip, this is still interesting.

NOW THIS IS A REAL EDUCATION:

Us older people (WE older people) need to learn something new every day...

Just to keep the grey matter tuned up.

Where did "pith Poor" come from? Interesting history.

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot.

And then once it was full it was taken and sold to the tannery...

if you had to do this to survive you were "pith Poor."

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot...

They "didn't have a pot to pith in" and were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

Here are some facts about the 1500's:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May,

And they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.

Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.

The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water,

Then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children.

Last of all the babies.

By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath.

It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof.

When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.  Hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs." There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.

This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed.

Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection.

That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.

Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing..

As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.  Hence: a thresh hold.

(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.

Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day.

Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.

Hence the rhyme:

„Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.

When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.

It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon."

They would cut off a little to share with guests

And would all sit around and chew the fat.

Those with money had plates made of pewter.

Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death.

This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status..

Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky.

The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days..

Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.

They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around
and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.

Hence the custom; „holding a wake."

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people.

So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave.

When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive.

So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.

Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, „saved by the bell" or was "considered a dead ringer."

And that's the truth.

Now, whoever said history was boring!!!

So get out there and educate someone!
Share these facts with a friend.
Inside every older person is a younger person wondering,
"What the heck happened?"
We'll be friends until we are old and senile.
Then we'll be new friends.

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« Reply #190 on: December 08, 2013, 07:14:54 am »
that was pretty neat  ;D 8)

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« Reply #191 on: December 08, 2013, 10:05:25 am »
Reading some of these to the wife, says to post her grannies saying.

"You can't tell how fat a rooster is by looking him in the face"
Old doesn't bother me, its the ugly that's a real bummer.

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« Reply #192 on: December 08, 2013, 11:15:55 am »
Never….Ever…..Let your mouth write a check your butt can't cash!
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« Reply #193 on: December 08, 2013, 12:05:48 pm »
Every time I turn around I keep thinking about another old saying, usually because I am using it in a post!

However the story about how things came to be reminds me of this story:

The old bell ringer at a church got too feeble to ring the bell to call people to services any longer so with great regret the priest posted an ad in the paper seeking a new bell ringer.

The very first applicant to show up had no arms! The priest explained what the job entailed and tried to gently explain that the man couldn't possibly do the job. The man insisted that he could and asked the priest to climb the bell tower with him. When they got to the top the man ran across the small platform and smashed his face into the bell. The priest was horrified but the bell made the most beautiful sound it had ever made and the man assured him that he was fine and could handle the job. The man begged so long and ardently that the priest gave him the job.

The very next Sunday the man ran across the platform, missed the bell, and fell to his death eighty feet below! Naturally the law and coroner had to come out and a report be made. The police asked the man's name and only then did the priest realize he had never asked. "I don't know but his face rings a bell."

This was all very sad but the priest still needed a bell ringer so he ran another ad. Again the first person to respond had no arms, looked identical to the man that had just fell. The priest was stunned but the man explained that he and the other man were identical twins right down to their handicap. However he said he was much more careful than his brother. After much pleading the priest reluctantly went up the tower with the man. The man ran and smashed his face into the bell and again the bell made that glorious sound. The priest had grave misgivings but gave the man the job.

The very next Sunday the man missed the bell just like his brother and fell to his death. Again the law and coroner had to come out, again questions were asked. When he was asked the bell ringer's name the priest realized in his astonishment at seemingly seeing his deceased bell ringer reappear he had forgotten to ask this man his name either. "I don't know his name but he is a dead ringer for his brother!"

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« Reply #194 on: December 08, 2013, 12:13:34 pm »
It is easier to grow strong children than to repair broken men.
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« Reply #195 on: December 08, 2013, 03:44:20 pm »
This is as about as fun as watching paint dry
Man makes plans and God smiles

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« Reply #196 on: December 08, 2013, 04:32:27 pm »
It is easier to grow strong children than to repair broken men.

That is very good, and always relevant.

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« Reply #197 on: December 13, 2013, 06:58:15 am »
That girl's got a face that'll make a freight train take a dirt road!
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« Reply #198 on: December 13, 2013, 08:33:17 am »
That girl's got a face that'll make a freight train take a dirt road!

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« Reply #199 on: December 13, 2013, 10:03:23 am »
Will Rogers  said.....
Good judgement  comes from experience
Experience comes from bad judgement
If you  don't know where you're going, you'll probably end up somewhere else!